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Highland Scots - Frasers from Inverness & area:
Evan Fraser (d1813) of Belladrum

 

Sources for an account of Evan Fraser in Demerara and Berbice
NAS = National Archives of Scotland
 
GD23/6/391/1 Demerary 7th August 1802 Donald Mackay to James Grant, Inverness
‘His brother Evan manages one of his plantations. Recently hurt by a fall from a chaise which went over his body’
GD23/6/391/2 Demerary, 12th September 1802 Donald Mackay to James Grant, Inverness
Mr Evan Fraser in perfect health.

30 Oct 1803 EF to AC (Alec) Fraser, his brother, at Rev Mr Jowett’s, Norfolk.
Arrived after passage of nine days from Barbados – left Bridgeton 24th or 25th September for River Demerary. Met Evan Fraser, Belladrum.
Now staying with Mr and Mrs Simon Fraser.

Reelig archive 1st Nov 1803
Weldaad Estate, Berbice EF to his mother
I am treated very formally by Evan Fraser

June 1806: based on Thomas Staunton St Clair
An invitation from Simon Fraser of Belladrum, a good friend of Thomas’s commanding officer Colonel Nicholson, to visit plantation Geanies, on the supposedly healthier east sea-coast, near the Corentyne river. The plantation schooner, which had been delivering a cargo of cotton to New Amsterdam, called at the Fort on the evening of Sunday 8th June and Thomas, growing weaker, ‘with difficulty crawled on board’. A four-hour sail took him to Geanies, which Simon Fraser managed on behalf of the owner – Stabroek merchant, John Macleod, a son of Donald Macleod of Geanies in Ross-shire. Simon’s brother, Evan, owned the neighbouring plantation, Brighton . . . On the Friday 13th they sat down to dinner at Geanies in a larger party. Dr Gordon, a nephew of Macleod of Geanies, had arrived intent on exploring the Corantyne and, if possible, visiting the settlement of German Moravian missionaries in the remote forest . . . Dr Gordon persuaded Thomas to join him, along with four others – Simon Fraser’s younger brother Evan, Mr King, William Brummel and Mr Inglis.

GD23/6/391/7 Demerary 30th October 1806 Donald Mackay to James Grant, Inverness
Mr Evan D Fraser returned a week ago from Barbados where he had been for his health – now recovered. Very fine cotton property in Berbice but is greatly involved – immense crop this year which will go a long way to wipe off his Debts and I trust he will soon get through.

Stephen Foster: Early in 1813 William Macpherson sailed from Stabroek (recently renamed George Town in honour of George III). He escaped in time to miss an exceptionally bad season for illness, which carried away many planters, including his old friend Evan Fraser.
 

 

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